|Location||Bristol, United Kingdom|
|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)|
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||Ranked among Great Britain's top ten universities, University of Bristol is well-known for scholarship and research. This exchange program is particularly well-suited for engineering and science students due to Bristol's excellent reputation in these fields, but it is open to students from all disciplines.|
With a student population of 26,000, University of Bristol is a mid-sized school with an active student life fully supported by the Student Union. Having already begun their academic specialization in secondary school, British students enter the university with a solid foundation in their subject area. Rather than devoting the first half of their university careers to satisfying pre-requisites, British students launch into their specialized core courses from the onset. Once a student declares a specialization, there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Great Britain are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized and structured compositions of the British curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations.
Although many British courses are designed as full-year units, most courses allow students the option to enroll on a semester or per-term basis. British university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials allow students to have one-on-one or one-on-two discussions with the professor teaching the course.
In general, British universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most British professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study of outside readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs' style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences, with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Although, the British pedagogical approach may appear somewhat relaxed, it, in fact, provides a very challenging and invigorating environment in which to study. Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.
Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Bristol course catalog
Bristol, United Kingdom
Like many cities in Great Britain, Bristol's historical founding dates back to the days of the Romans. Originally settled as a port in 55 AD, the City's commercial importance was second only to London's until the early 19th Century. Today, Bristol is an eclectic mix of old and new; the narrow streets of the old city, medieval churches, and historic tall ships, share ground with modern buildings and high-tech businesses. Currently, Bristol is home to the largest aerospace complex in Western Europe and Lloyds Bank International, helping the City to maintain its tradition as one of Great Britain's leading commercial centers. Bristol has a great site where you can get an idea of what your aerospace experience will be like on the ground here.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
As the courses are taught in English, students need to meet the English language requirements set by the University of Bristol. Visit here to check whether you are eligible for this exchange program.
20 - 25 UW credits per semester
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
HousingStudents are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Bristol, but are encouraged to apply for university accommodations at the host institution. Student housing is an exceptional way to meet British students and to integrate into campus life. Although university housing is not guaranteed, most international student applications are accepted.
Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls, to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or apartments.
Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Bristol housing.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Bristol Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Bristol Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.